Eng v SL, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day June 24, 2014

Rare away success for Sri Lanka

Stats highlights after the end of the fifth day's play between Sri Lanka and England at Headingley

  • Sri Lanka, with this win, have now won seven Test matches outside the subcontinent, excluding Tests in Zimbabwe. The margin of victory in this Test - 100 runs - is the narrowest in terms of runs for Sri Lanka in these countries. They have won five Tests by larger margins and another by 10 wickets. Three of these seven wins have come in England, two in New Zealand and one each in South Africa and West Indies. These seven wins have come in 57 Tests, which makes their win percentage 12.3%. India and Pakistan, the other subcontinental giants, have win percentages of 12.4% (22 wins in 177 Tests) and 21.4% (31 wins in 145 Tests) respectively in these conditions. The overall records of India and Sri Lanka, in terms of win percentages, are now quite similar.

  • Sri Lanka's performance in this series was largely due to Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 342 runs over the two Tests, and became the first Sri Lankan batsman to score 300-plus Test runs during a tour of England. This is not for a lack of opportunity, because Sri Lanka's last three tours to England have included three Tests. Sangakkara also overtook Saurav Ganguly to score the most runs by an overseas batsman in a two-match series (or who played only two matches in a longer series) in England.

  • Mahela Jayawardene contributed 174 runs as well, including a couple of half-centuries. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have now scored exactly 11493 runs each and are joint sixth on the all-time list of highest run-scorers in Tests. During the second Test, Sangakkara overtook Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was previously seventh on the list. It is also worth noting that Alistair Cook moved past Geoffrey Boycott to go fifth on the list of leading run scorers in Tests for England.

  • Jayawardene was the only Sri Lanka captain to have scored a hundred in an away Test victory, in a country other than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews has now become the second man to have achieved this feat and also the first Sri Lanka captain to have scored a hundred and taken more than one wicket in a Test win, whether at home or away.

  • Sangakkara came into this series on the back of three consecutive 50-plus scores against Bangladesh. That sequence has now been extended to seven consecutive scores. Sangakkara's batting average of 90.50 since the start of 2013, is the highest for any batsman in this period. He has scored 1448 runs in 17 innings during this phase, which is second only to David Warner who has scored 1484 runs, but in 32 innings.

  • Rangana Herath has bowled 263.3 overs in Tests starting this year, the most by any bowler. Shaminda Eranga has bowled the second-highest number of overs, 217.5. No other player has bowled more than 160 overs in Test cricket in 2014. This is partly due to the fact that Sri Lanka have played six Tests in 2014, while no other team has played more than four. This in itself is noteworthy, because Sri Lanka have played only 56 Tests in the period from 2007 to 2013. Only Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Pakistan (who have had hardly any home Tests in that period) have played fewer Tests in that period.

  • Jayawardene took two catches in this match and thus went past Ricky Ponting on the all-time list of outfield players who have taken the most catches in Test cricket. Jayawardene has now taken 197 catches in Test cricket, going past Ponting who had taken 196. Jayawardene is all set to join an elite two-man list of fielders who have taken more than 200 catches in Test cricket, namely Rahul Dravid (210) and Jacques Kallis (200).

  • Jayawardene bowled six overs in the fourth innings of this Test. This is the most number of overs that Jayawardene has bowled in a Test outside the subcontinent. He had bowled six overs in an innings on one previous occasion as well, against New Zealand at Wellington in April 2005. Since 22 August 2009, Jayawardene had bowled only one over in Test cricket.

  • Dhammika Prasad's five wicket haul was the 31st by a Sri Lanka pace bowler in away Tests. This is only the second instance of a Sri Lanka seamer taking five wickets in an innings in England, the fourth instance of taking a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of an away Test.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • Chirath on June 29, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    this year has been tough for the Sri Lankan hater (i.e some Indian fans). Think about it. Before the start of the year, we were called Bridesmaids in not winning tournament finals. When we won the Asia Cup and World T20 (which some Indians called a Hit and giggle tournament, ofcourse when they won it in 2007 it was as serious as the Ashes, such is the cricket world the delusional Indian fan lives in) they said we couldnt win in England. We won the T20 International (Sri Lanka have never lost to ENG in England in a t20 international) and the ODI Series, some Indian fans said that we would lose the Test Series 1-0 or 2-0. We won the Test Series 1-0 and now you see comments of "its a weak England side" and they never won a Test Match in India or Australia. Let me remind Indian fans, the win percentage of Sri Lanka and India away from home is the same. Despite India playing Test Cricket alot longer than Sri Lanka (SRL played its first Test in 1982)

  • David on June 27, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    You have missed the most important man who single handedly ensured Sri Lanka victory ie. Angelo. In the 2nd Test scoring 160 and taking 4 wickets and leading the team from the front is a marvelous achievement. No other Sri Lankan team as achieved this feat in England in the past.

  • Suj on June 27, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Excluding Bangladesh/Zimbabwe - Sri Lanka's seven overseas wins have come in 57 Tests, which makes their win percentage 12.3%. India and Pakistan, the other subcontinental giants, have win percentages of 12.4% (22 wins in 177 Tests) and 21.4% (31 wins in 145 Tests) respectively in these conditions. The overall records of India and Sri Lanka, in terms of win percentages, are now quite similar.

    How on earth can India criticise Sri Lanka's record now ????? Of course it is rare but that is because they have not got as many opportunities as India has !!!!! Pakistan is the true Asian giant when it comes to overseas test victories with India and Sri Lanka having equally weaker records

  • Prashan on June 26, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @vkias, yes we all know how Indians got all out for double digits in 1996 in SA where only 66 was scored and in Sharjah expressway where only 54 was scored and when 81 was scored with over 2 days remaining in the 1997 test match against West Indies.

    Typical Indian excuses to undermine and belittle Sri Lankan victory by saying that a weak England team was beaten. Yeah when India wins it is always against a strong England team haha when all Indian wins are due to nothing but umpiring help and luck as India can never win without those 2.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    The title says it all " Rare Away Success for Sri Lanka". Truth is always bitter.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    iIndia has won too many times in England for Sri Lankans to compare. Moreover, the surge in cricket's popularity in India started around the same time as that of Sri Lanka- in the 1980s. Remember, India's national sport is hockey and the country was a powerhouse in hockey till the 1980s (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist). Acu lot of focus therefore till that time was on . It was only after the 1983 World Cup victory that we started focusing more on cricket. After this India has won series in England twice. India may not have won a series in Australia, but we were the team that held them to a 1-1 draw in 2003-04, when Aussies were at their peak. The Aussies were also beaten in India, during their peak in 2001 during the "greatest series ever". Sri Lanka has never won a test match in India. It was also white-washed 3-0 at home by the same Australia team in 2004, despite turning tracks being prepared for Murali. It was the comeback series for Shane Warne after a years ban.

  • Kanishka on June 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @vkias..Please get ur facts straight IND has never won a test series in AUS and it took them 45 years to win their first test match in AUS. BTW SL has won a ODI series in AUS and they drew 2-2 the last time they toured. IND won its first test series in ENG in 1986 under Kapil Dev but the English had a very poor attack without the likes of Botham or Willis. The fact remains that IND has the same win percentage as SL outside the subcontinent excluding Zimbabwe even after achieving test status 50 years before SL. So most of what you say is just hype mixed in with some white lies.

  • priya p on June 26, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    People call maela and Sanga legend now. As hey entered they lamented the departre of Aravinda Mahanama Gurusunghe and Arjuna. It appears that some people want to portray Sri Lankan wins as good work of one or two individuals. People were talking about with/with out Murali scenarios. What they say is you are nothing without Aravinda/ Murali/Sanga /Mahela... Come on they too are members of sri lanka teams. No one talks about Australia before and after warne though. It is a subtle form of belittling of a team that produces top class cricketers, different cricketers time and time again with fewer resources and a smaller pool of players. May be in time to come they will talk about retirement of Anjelo Maththews Lahiru thirimanna ( his best is round the corner) and the likes as legends.

  • Sheethal on June 26, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    @Kotuwegogoda If struggling ENG(no KP, no Swann, no Trott) & BAN are TOP teams, then what about AUS,SA, IND & ever-improving NZ ??

  • Prashan on June 26, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    @vkias, also forgot to include Kaushal Silva our rock hard test opener who has a very good test average in both England and UAE. SRI LANKAN FUTURE IS BRIGHT!

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